Private Support – Consultants


In this section we list private medical services that MASIC advocates have visited themselves and can recommend or who we have had contact with as a charity and can testify to their passion for treating birth injuries. We make no guarantees that any practitioner listed can cure or treat your individual birth injury symptoms, each case is unique, and we recommend you book an initial consultation to discuss your case.

You can also find a list of private pelvic health physiotherapists here.

These pages are constantly being updated. We hope to add more practitioners over time enabling a broad geographical spread across the UK. If you would be interested in featuring on this page, or can recommend a medical professional who has treated you, please contact us at:



QualificationsMBChB, MRCOG, DipMedEd, PGCert.GynUSS, FHEA

Location: Cardiff, Wales

Experience20+ years

GMC Specialist register number: 5198380

Mrs Nadia Hikary-Bhal is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, appointed in 2014, at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales. She has 22 years of clinical practice and 16 years of specialist experience.

Pelvic Floor Health, Menopause and Childbirth trauma:

During her specialist training, she focused on Pelvic Floor Disorders, Menopausal Health and Childbirth Related trauma. She has spent extended training with some of the world’s leading experts on complex UroGynaecological conditions including the management pf perineal trauma. Following specialist training Nadia completed a two-year Fellowship in UroGynaecology and Minimal Access (Keyhole) Surgery at the University Hospital of Wales. She has spent time in the USA with world renowned surgeons Professor Bobby Shull, Dr John Miklos and Dr Robert Moore.

Following her consultant appointment in 2014, she set up the UroGynaecology service and the Perineal Trauma Clinic at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Nadia is actively involved in women’s health at a national level in Wales. She was a member of the Welsh Government Vaginal Mesh and Faecal incontinence task and finish groups and continues to be a clinical member of the Women’s Health Implementation Group. More recently she worked with the Welsh Government team on “My Bloody Brilliant Period” project improving access, for young girls and teachers, to evidence based and user-friendly menstrual health information.

Cosmetic Gynaecology

During her UroGynaecology training she developed not only an interest in the function and the correction of pelvic floor disorders but also the aesthetic appearance. This interest was initially driven by looking after women who had sustained perineal and vulval trauma as a result of childbirth that had not healed well or had altered the original appearance. Nadia recognised the huge emotional and psychological impact this had on women and strived to offer non-surgical and surgical treatments to help women and alleviate their distress. Subsequently she developed an interest in working with women who were just unhappy with the external appearance of the vulva particularly the labia, not related to childbirth, and describing that sex no longer felt the same with no evidence of prolapse.

Although Nadia believes in an impartial, non-judgmental, and holistic approach to help women achieve their realistic desires, she is also passionate about safe, up to date and evidence-based practice and is a member of the Cosmetic Gynaecology Special Interest Group with the International UroGynaecology association.

Medical Education

Nadia is a passionate teacher and avid learner who believes that ongoing education and training is crucial in maintaining and progressing to a high level of excellence and due care to all patients. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education from Cardiff University, and was appointed as South Wales Educational Lead for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist trainees and voted as Best Trainer of the Year in 2016.

Nadia is passionate about the management of childbirth and its impact on the pelvic floor. She was the lead for Perineal Trauma in Cwm Taf University Health Board (CTUHB) and is one of fifteen international IUGA PROTECT trainers. This is a global initiative standing for the Prevention and Repair Of Trauma and Episiotomy through Coordinated Training. Nadia implemented the PROTECT training programme in CTMUHB with one of her midwifery colleagues and runs two courses a year which focuses on all forms of perineal trauma, including anal sphincter injuries. She is a council member of MASIC and has worked with colleagues in running the MASIC study days in Wales.


Nadia is a member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, British Menopause Society, British Society of UroGynaecologists, International UroGynaecology Association, International Menopause Society and the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She is an avid medical educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Nadia offers private consultations at Ash Tree clinic, Nuffield Cardiff Bay consulting rooms and operates at the Cardiff and Vale Nuffield Hospital.

Infiniti Healthcare Ltd.
3 Ash Tree Court
Woodsy Close
Cardiff Gate Business Park
CF23 8RW

General Correspondence

Telephone / Fax
Tel: +44 (0) 333 800 8082
Fax: +44 (0) 333 800 8083Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Excluding Public Holidays



Ranee Thakar is a Subspecialist in Urogynaecology and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Croydon University Hospital as well as a honorary senior lecturer at St George’s University of London. She completed her basic medical training in India prior to moving to the UK. She obtained her MRCOG degree in 1994. Subsequently she took up a research post in St George’s Hospital and Medical School. The research involved studying bowel, bladder and sexual function following hysterectomy. This led to a landmark paper which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and to a Doctorate (MD) from the University of London.

Ranee has been a consultant for the past 18 years and is now the Lead for the Urogynaecology service at her Trust which is accredited by the British Society of Urogynaecology. Ranee has experience across a wide range of areas within obstetrics and gynaecology including psychosexual medicine, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the prevention and management of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI).

She is passionate about research and recognises its role in advancing health. Her publications include many original papers in peer review journals and chapters in books. Having previously focused on diagnosis and repair of obstetric anal sphincter injuries through research and training, she is currently leading on a joint Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwifery national project funded by the Health Foundation, which has demonstrated a significant reduction in OASI rates.

She is the immediate Past-President of IUGA thereby influencing Urogynaecology internationally.  She has a lifelong commitment to the improvement of women’s health globally and intends to pursue new strategies in her capacity as the Senior Vice President of the RCOG. She is a Trustee of The MASIC Foundation.

Private Practice

Shirley Oaks Hospital
Poppy Lane
Shirley Oaks Village

PA: Contact Medical Secretaries
Telephone: +44 7738 622799


Miss Natalia Price MD, FRCOG – Consultant Gynaecologist and Urogynaecologist- Lead for Oxford mesh removal centre

In 1996 Natalia qualified as an MD with first class honours in Kiev at the National Medical University of Ukraine. Her subsequent postgraduate medical and surgical training was in the Oxford Deanery. She undertook higher specialist training in laparoscopic (keyhole) pelvic floor reconstructive surgery and was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist in Oxford in 2010.

The main focus of her work is minimal access laparoscopic (keyhole) surgical techniques to treat a wide range of gynaecological problems, including prolapse and incontinence.

Natalia is the lead for Oxford BSUG/RCOG accredited Mesh removal centre treating many women with mesh complications, offering them laparoscopic mesh removal and native tissue repair surgery.

Natalia is the surgical lead for the Oxford Endometriosis Centre, performing complex laparoscopic laser excisions of endometriosis. For the endometriosis cases which involve the bowel she operates in conjunction with Consultant Colorectal surgeons in order to perform these advanced laparoscopic procedures safely.

She is the Program Director for Oxford RCOG Subspeciality Urogynaecology Training Programme and preceptor for ATSM in Laparoscopy Surgery for Excision of Benign Disease. She lectures at the annual BSGE anatomy course and the Oxford Anatomy course for urgynaecologists.

Natalia is passionate about improving and developing laparoscopic (keyhole) surgical techniques. She has a major interest in teaching laparoscopic surgery and have lectured widely both nationally and internationally, she has visited many units around the country performing and teaching laparoscopic prolapse reconstructive surgery and mesh removal surgery.

She maintains a strong interest in academic research and has already published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Her current research projects include a prospective study comparing uterus-preserving, minimally invasive surgery for prolapse with more traditional hysterectomy.

She is also currently studying the outcomes of the native tissue laparoscopic continence surgery as well as outcomes of laparoscopic mesh removal surgery.

If you wish to make an appointment for a consultation your General Practioner can send a referral letter, fax or e-mail. Alternatively private patients can self refer by booking a consultation directly with:

Manor Hospital
Beech Road
Oxford, OX3 7RP

Tracey Shepherd
(Practice Manager)

t: 01865 851105
f: 01865 307663

Hakima Ali
(PA to Miss Natalia Price & Mr Simon Jackson)


JULIE CORNISH – Colorectal Consultant – FRCS, MD, MBBCh

I have been a consultant colorectal surgeon since 2015, following completion of my subspecialty pelvic floor surgical training in Oxford. I trained in Wales and London and completed an MD in 2011 from Imperial College, London. I am trained in laparoscopic and open colorectal and general surgery. I work with a multi disciplinary team including colorectal nurses, physiotherapists, gastroenterologists, chronic pain specialists and urogynaecologists.

I specialise in gastrointestinal surgery, general surgery and pelvic floor surgery.

I am the Chair of the Pelvic Floor Multidisciplinary team for Cardiff and Cwm Taf. Chair of Task and Finish Group on Pelvic Health – Faecal Incontinence 2018 for the Welsh Assembly Programme secretary (joint) for The Pelvic Floor Society. I am Vice-Chair of The MASIC Foundation

My research interests are colorectal cancer and bowel dysfunction that can result from this as well as injury from childbirth. I have published more than 30 publications and presented nationally and internationally.

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

Book online

Tel: 02920 606 392

Clinic times

Friday: 1pm – 5pm


MB ChB, MD, FRCS (Gen Surg) RCS 

I am an established consultant general and colorectal surgeon, and have been in post since 2005. I work at Manchester University Foundation Trust at the Wythenshawe site. I am a member of the Association of Coloproctology of GB & I and and sit on the executive committee of The Pelvic Floor Society (a subsidary society of the ACPGBI). As well as being a general surgeon dealing with abdominal diseases I specialise in Coloproctology and Pelvic Floor Surgery. I have a busy tertiary referral practice in the NHS and have a private clinic on Monday afternoon at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle Manchester.

Practice hours

BMI The Alexandra Hospital, SK8 2PX

Monday 14:00 – 16:30

Tel: 0161 495 7000

The stats speak for themselves.
More women are affected and need support…


of women with severe birth injury said it impacted on their relationship with their child


were affected by traumatic memories of the birth


stated they were embarrassed by the symptoms of their injury


of women affected said they doubted their ability to mother


suffered postnatal depression as a result of their injury


of women affected regretted having a child because of the injuries sustained